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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Wixie or Pixie?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 25, 2014 10:09:00 AM

“Should I use Wixie or Pixie?”

We often hear this question from educators looking to do creative work in their classroom. Wixie and Pixie seem like they do the same thing, and they aren’t sure which tool they should use.

Wixie-or-Pixie

The answer almost always starts with “Wixie is Pixie in the cloud.” But this response is only part of the picture.

Both Wixie and Pixie provide easy-to-use tools for students to create projects with their paintings, their writing, and their voice. Both Wixie and Pixie give students many options for sharing what they have created.

This is where Pixie ends, but Wixie keeps going. The big differences are how and where students access Wixie and the additional tools teachers have to integrate Wixie into their classroom.

Pixie

Pixie is stand-alone software. It runs on the Windows or Macintosh PC, or the iPad or Android tablet where you installed it.

Wixie

Wixie works in the cloud. You can use it in a browser on a Windows, Macintosh, or Chromebook PC, or as an app on an iPad or Android tablet. Student work is stored in the cloud so they can use multiple devices on one project as well as work from a variety of locations.

Student panel in teacher tools

Wixie also includes instructional tools to help teachers locate, create, and assign activities to students. There are also assessment tools and standards tools to evaluate and score student projects. Students are connected to the teacher’s Wixie account, so no one has to manage files or turn in work.

Which one is right for us?

If you are trying to decide between Pixie and Wixie, it is good to answer some basic questions:

How do you see the tool used in your classrooms?

If use is primarily lab-based with students working on projects during a specific technology time, then Pixie is a great solution. If students will be working on projects as part of their classroom curriculum including extended work time at home, then Wixie will work best for you.

What is your current infrastructure?

If students have unique log ins for their computers, are using a web-based LMS or Google apps, and you have a robust network, then Wixie is a great solution. If your students are used to working with a generic log in on their computers and saving to shared spaces on the computer or network drive, Pixie may be a better solution.

How would you pay for it?

Wixie is an annual subscription. Pixie is a one-time purchase.

If you are purchasing with grant money, other one-time funds, Pixie is a good solution. Wixie is renewed each year, but you are always working with the latest version and never need to upgrade. New features, media, activities, and performance enhancements show up on a regular basis and you enjoy them as soon as you log in.

The good news is that with either Pixie or Wixie your students will have a great tool to show off what they know!

Before making your decision, evaluate Wixie and Pixie yourself!

For a more detailed breakdown, visit: 
http://www.tech4learning.com/wixie/comparison-pixie

 

Topics: pixie, creativity software, Wixie, cloud-computing, iPad, Android, 21st century classroom, chromebooks

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